A loan of $725 helped a member to buy small tools, seeds and agricultural inputs as well as pay for the labor costs of weeding.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

The women of the Benkadi 1 group are married and living in traditional families. They average 38 years of age, with three children. They all live in the town of Moussabougou, in the Segou region (the fourth administrative region of Mali). They know each other through their seasonal agricultural work, as well as through being neighbors or relatives by blood or marriage. They grow peanuts, millet and rice. With the goal of buying small tools, stocking up on agricultural inputs [fertilizers etc] and paying the cost of labor for weeding their fields, the group members have found Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their second agricultural cycle loan. Mrs. Bintou, the one seated with a bowl on her head in the photo, is well known as a farmer in the Moussabougou village. She plans to use her loan to buy seeds and agricultural inputs in Segou, small tools from local ironmongers and to pay young people to weed her field. At the end of the rainy season, her produce will be sold for cash so as to repay her loan and provide for her children’s needs and some of her household needs.

In this group: Bintou, Assitan, Djelika, Bintou, Awa, Awa, Ramatou, Rokia, Massitan, Kadia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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